Who was prepared for this then? A very smiley Hozier meeting and greeting fans and friends makes his way onto Youtube with the release of the “Jackie And Wilson” music video. The content of this video comprises raw clips of his globally successful 2015 journey from music venue to venue of which he is still touring on. On his Twitter account, Hozier posts with the link of the video: “Some wonderful memories and fun times over the last year brought together in one place”. The third track of his debut album, is clearly a play on R&B legend Jackie Wilson’s name, who Hozier pays tribute to.
In an email to NPR, Hozier expresses his admiration for Wilson by stating: “He’s a big influence for me, he’s fantastic. I think Elvis was the white Jackie Wilson, rather than any other way ’round. I suppose the song is about being lost. There’s sometimes a recurring theme of looking from the outside in and idealising some idea of somebody or something as a cure for oneself. It’s also me trying to enjoy writing something more fun, playing something more fun”.